Past rulers allowed villages to stink, CM allocates Rs 1500 cr to gram panchayats

Hyderabad, March.29 : Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today said with the new and polished Panchayat Raj Act of Telangana will get 12,751 new Village Panchayats and there will be no chance for Nagara Panchayats.
The Chief Minister also said the State government will allot Rs 1500 crore for gram panchayats and another Rs 1,000 crore for Municipalities. “Our intention is clear to develop the villages on par with others with all facilities and make need-based allocations of funds with cheque powers to sarpanches and upa-sarpanches”, he said.
During a debate on the Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill in the Assembly on Thursday, the Leader of the House bemoaned that the villages remained undeveloped since the last 71 years. He accused the successive previous governments of criminally neglecting the villages, which are lagging behind and turned out to be stinking grounds which needs immediate attention on sanitation and clean drive.
The villages never developed in the seven decades and there was no significant change among the lives of the people as the system collapsed by the past rulers. “Earlier, the block system was good and MLAs used to be afraid of block presidents at village and block level”, he said. “Now with the new Act, the villages will get back to past glory of development”, he remarked.
The Chief Minister slammed BJP member G Kishan Reddy for his objectionable comment that the Panchayat Raj Act was being promulgated in a hasty manner. “We have worked for two months before the Bill was moved in the House”, he said, adding that the villages will get potable waters in three months. He also announced that they will conduct direct elections for Sarpanch posts in Village Panchayats.
Reprimanding the Opposition for its vague comments against the government, the Chief Minister said Farmer committees will strengthen and unite farmers at all levels and offer MSP to their farm produce and better marketing facilities. It was decided to set up Rythu Platforms by spending Rs 300 crore across the State as the farmers were facing problem to purchase fertilizers under bio-metric system, he said. The Crop Investment scheme of Rs 8,000 per acre in a year will benefit the farmers immensely to get rid of the loan problems, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister also said the village panchayats will get adequate funds at least Rs 3 lakh. KCR also took a dig at the previous governments for failing to plant even 50 lakh saplings. He warned that the TRS Government would sack sarpanch and village secretary if they failed to reach the target of planting saplings and protecting them as part of Haritha Haram scheme.

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